Getting around Barcelona

Above: Going underground?

Centre: The Hell's Angels turn environmentally friendly

Below: More pedal power on the Passeig de Maritim

By Metro & Public Transport

Barcelona's metro is both cheap and easy to use and will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go in town including La Sagrada Familia (metro Sagrada Familia on L5 and L2), Camp Nou (metro Les Corts or Maria Cristina, both on L3) and Park Guell (metro Lesseps on L3). A single journey costs 2 euros and daily tickets are also available (although these are only good value if you plan on making more than six or so journeys in one day).

The best value for money ticket is the T-10 which gets you ten journeys for under 10 euros. These are valid for 30 days or so, and perfect if you're here for a short stay. You can also use your T-10 on all standard buses and trams.

The one place the metro doesn't go is 'el aeropuerto' however click here for trains to Barcelona Airport and more.

By Taxi

Taxis are relatively cheap in Barcelona, compared to say London, and they can be hailed down on the street. Look out for the black-and-yellow-mobiles and prepare to pay extra for luggage, night journeys, Sunday travel or going to and from the airport. Any excuse really.

By Bike

Bikes can plausibly pass for public transport in Barcelona, thanks to the Bicing initiate run by the city, but are only available for long term residents. Register for around 50 euros a year and you can pick up a natty red and white bike at any of the docks and drop it off on the other side of the city - there are stations everywhere. If you are simply passing through then hiring a bike is a great option for exploring - the city is mostly flat with a decent amount of cycling paths, or alternatively opt for a guided bike tour.

By Motorbike or Car

If you want to zip around town like the locals do then you could opt for hiring a scooter for a day or two (known locally as 'motos'). You'll have to contend with the Barcelona traffic, but they are quick and convenient and perfect for day trips. Cars of course offer a bit more security, although parking can be a pain - and expensive. If you do opt for four wheels then take a look at our car rental page for some reliable hire companies.

Barcelona transportation

I intend to go to barcelona on sunday too see the game. i am scottish but flying from manchester to barcelona elprat. what is the best way to get to the stadium

reviewed by sammy from United Kingdom on Dec.12.2012

Thanks Marc! This page requires a bit of an update as you spotted... will get onto it very soon. Looking forward to seeing the L9 in action.

reviewed by Editor from United Kingdom on Jan.25.2010

L8 is one of those lines run by FGC, like L6 and L7. These lines are know as "Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya" and this long name is smashed to "ferrocates", from ferrocarrils catalans (Catalan railways).
L9 is under construction and it will be the longest line in Europe running from Santa Coloma de Gramanet to the airport, with two branches at each end.

reviewed by Marc Esteve from Ireland on Nov.07.2009